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Nax: Up Close and Personal

Posted by Kathy Jo Keller on March 21, 2014 at 6:50 PM

It’s hard to do the right thing

All the noise around me makes my head spin

When everybody’s telling you what to do

It’s best to stick to your plan, and just follow through”


The above quote from Do The Right Thing, quite sums up the creative genius of Nax, who has become well known in the Netherlands as front-man for The New Shinining (TNS). One thing that I’ve discovered in the past six months of interaction with this talented artist, Nax is certainly a man who sticks to his plans. When he has fallen into a creative phase, he all but disappears from the radar until the tracks are recorded, and his heart and soul have poured out whatever he needed to say. With the success of cd’s Stripped/Full Circle (2012) and Wake Up Your Dreams (2013) the singer/songwriter toured the country with TNS, which included gigs at many prestigious venues and festivals, radio and television appearances, documentaries, interviews, and the creation of several amazing music videos. For new fans, you can read all about the history of the band here and here. Over the course of several long afternoon interviews, we discussed the deeper meaning behind lyrics of Stripped/Full Circle, the early years of TNS, and what keeps Nax motivated as a singer/songwriter and guitarist. To be honest, our conversations flowed with such ease they often turned into marathon chats; seriously, there is enough information to write a dozen interview segments. The most challenging project now will be deciding what to share, and what to save for a rainy day rewind. Enjoy!

Read the full interview here:

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